Welcome to Berken Energy LLC

  • Summary
  • Opportunities & Analysis
  • Market Challenges
  • Validated Concept
  • Why it All Makes Sense
Berken Energy has attracted multiple nationally recognized customers in the public utility, industrial and consumer space. We are in the process of further developing these partnerships as well as identifying the key markets that will benefit the most from our innovative products.

We plan to sell our products to integrators, developers and commercial end-users in partnership with system manufacturers. We also believe that there will be substantial opportunities to use contract manufacturers that will allow us to ramp production quickly and leverage our technologies in all of the major regions throughout the world.

We also plan to license our technologies to other leading energy companies to establish our technologies as the industry standard in the renewable energy market. Once you observe our products generating electricity, you will see for yourself that the possible applications are too numerous to mention.

Berken Energy Will Make You Money
The following spreadsheet clearly shows the cost and development times advantages that Berken Energy has to offer:

Energy Type Construction Costs
($/Avg* MW)
Acres Req'd
(ac/MW)
Build Time
Coal $3.7M 0.35 >4 years
Gas $2.1M 0.32 >2 years
Nuclear $8.7M 1.25 >10 years
Wind $13.8M 60 >2 years
Solar PV $26.4M 6 18 months
Berken RTV™ $2.9M 3 <12 months
Geothermal $3.0M    
Berken GTV™ $3.5M 0.25 <18 months

Berken's Vision + Investment = Serious Return on Investment
Capturing waste heat has been identified by NREL as being able to provide 17% of the nation’s energy demands. Although prior attempts at TEG generation have been unable to meet this requirement , we have now made that an obtainable goal.

Unlike other renewable energy developments this is done at on grid systems that do not have to wait for transmission lines to be permitted and built. Combine this with a geothermal potential in all 50 states, the growth potential is only limited by the inability to ramp up fast enough to meet demand.

Recent comments from an independent review stated that our projected sales of $200 million in 5 years was very conservative.

I. Opportunities

  • Revenue Growth
    1. Revenue growth for solar PV, wind, biofuels, and fuel cells increased by 40% – from $55 billion in 2006 to $77.3 billion in 2007.
    2. New global investments in energy technologies expanded by 60% from $92.6 billion in 2006 to $148.4 billion in 2007 (Source: New Energy Finance).
    3. Venture capitalists in the U.S. invested $2.7 billion in the clean-energy sector, representing more than 9% of total VC activity (Source: Global Energy Industry Outlook, 2009).
  • Concentrated Solar Power
    1. Solar photovoltaics will grow from a $20.3 billion industry in 2007 to $74 billion by 2017.
    2. Annual installations were just shy of 3 GW worldwide, up nearly 500% from 2004 (Global Energy Industry Outlook, 2009). In 2009 there is currently 480 MW of CSP installed globally (Source: Emerging Energy Research – April 2009).
    3. Currently another 800 MW under construction in Spain
    4. Financially sound players are moving forward with their 3,000 MW of planned projects as emerging players reevaluate their strategies to survive off the $420 million in capital raised in 2008

2. Wind vs Geothermal

  • Wind
    1. EC&R North America scheduled to bring the largest wind generation installation online in mid-2009 — 781.5 MW
    2. Wind power (new installation capital costs) is projected to expand from $30.1 billion in 2007 to $83.4 billion in 2017.
    3. In 2008 global wind power installations reached a record 20,000 MW, equivalent to 20 large-size 1 GW conventional power plants. (Source: Global Energy Industry Outlook, 2009)
    4. China's ranking in the world wind energy league moved up from the top 10 to the top 6, and the country is planning to host some of the biggest wind farms in the world.
  • Geothermal
    1. Geothermal is experiencing a global renaissance as a key clean energy source with improved technology, new construction, and renewed investor interest.
    2. Geothermal is the only clean-energy resource besides hydroelectric that provides baseload power 24 hours a day
    3. PG&E, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric have announced new geothermal contracts in the past 12 months.
    4. Projects that had been shelved in recent years (like the 55 MW Bottle Rock facility) has attracted an investment stake from Carlyle/Riverstone’s Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund, a strong sign of Wall Street’s renewed interest in geothermal.

3. Existing Competitors

  • Thermoelectric Device Manufacturers
  • Hi-Z
  • BSST
  • Nextreme
  • Geothermal Integrators
  • Ormat
  • Vulcan
  • Magma Energy
  • Waste heat capture and CHP
  • OrganicRankin Cycle
  • Kaline Cycle
  • Other approaches to CHP

4. Berken Product Differentiators

  • Solid-State — No Moving Parts
  • Lower temperature requirements
  • No secondary fuel needed
  • Smaller footprint
  • Only Geothermal Solution Available in 80% of U.S. Geography
  • Cost/Watt is Less than Coal or Nuclear

The energy market has many factors that play into it — government regulation, for example — and market demand is increasing yearly. Main bullet points include:

  • Electricity is currently a $112 billion per year market in the U.S. and is growing rapidly
  • Significant government influence and regulations
  • Current green energy is not consistent or reliable
  • Energy costs consume up to 65% of Heavy Industry budgets
  • High startup costs for conventional power plants

Regulatory Forecast

  • Adjusting the federal production tax credit (PTC) to make it more effective in the midst of the current economic downturn and extending it for a longer term
  • Establishing a national renewable electricity standard (RES) with a target of generating at least 25% of the nation’s electricity from renewables by 2025, and a near-term target of 10% by 2012
  • Legislation and initiatives to develop a high-voltage interstate transmission “highway” for renewable energy
  • Fall 2008: Chena and United Technologies received a Department of Energy grant to install a demonstration plant at an oil or gas well in the US.
  • Ormat Technologies has already build a geothermal/oil co-production facility in cooperation with the Department of Energy
  • Ormat received $45M in 2008 to build a joint facility in Guatemala

Emerging Energy Markets

  • Top 5: Brazil, China, Mexico, India and South Africa (Source: Energy Business Reports)
  • The top five emerging countries contributed $621.7 billion to the global Oil & Gas industry in 2008
  • In 2013, the market is forecast to have a value of $680.8 billion
  • Due to increased demand for electricity, these countries represent an excellent target markets for new alternative green energy.

The concept has been proven, but unlike other companies, we have a viable product right now. For more information, please read the Third-Party Validation letter from SAIC.

We believe that we've developed a revolutionary product, and we invite you to contact us to join other venture capital firms in investing in our technology.

As a recap, our GTV™ and RTV™ provides:

  • On-grid power for sale or demand reduction
  • Waste heat stream capture
  • 24 Hour electric baseload
  • Cheaper than traditional power generation (e.g. coal, oil and nuclear)
  • No geographic constraints — works in all 50 states and globally
  • Low power plant startup costs
  • Works with all existing generating technology